Dracula sinks his teeth into Bainbridge Little Theatre

Published 2:49 pm Monday, October 19, 2015

Public beware! The Vampire Count Dracula has been seen in Bainbridge stalking young women near the Bainbridge Little Theatre on Troupe Street.

He will most likely appear Thursday, Oct. 22, as the cast brings to life the 1996 play “Dracula,” an adaptation by American playwright Steven Dietz of Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name.

Those who love a scary story, especially around Halloween, will be on the edges of their seats as they watch the events unfold.

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This is not the first time it has been performed in Bainbridge, however.

Current director, Mike Inlow, recalls BLT presented it before they had a theater building. He found a poster from that show, which was performed in the Elcan King School auditorium on a Halloween night. Clayton Penhallegon played the role of Dracula. The poster will be on display in the lobby of the theatre for this performance, as well.

Inlow said the show is the typical story of Dracula, who comes to London from Transylvania and terrorizes the city. Even though it is a horror story, it does have some comedic relief. As it is a more mature theme, Inlow recommends it is best for middle school age students and above.

He describes the story as a fantasy—a playful fun show, not to be taken seriously.

The show was chosen by the play selection committee to be the opening production, since it coincides with Halloween. The show opens this Thursday and runs two weekends, which means one performance will be held on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31.

Those attending the Halloween performance have the option of coming in costume, and a costume contest will be held during intermission, with prizes for the winners.

The cast includes Richard Whitehead, as Dracula; Andrew Cooksey as the crazy Renfield; Austin Rowe is Harker; Michael Brown is Seward; John Stevenson is Dr. Van Helsing; Mina is Allyson Walker Whittaker, Lucy is Gena Chambliss, the vixens are Christina Greene and Kendrick Long, and the attendants are Rachael Rentz and Devon Poole.

Inlow noted that this new season for the Bainbridge Little theatre is being dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Ed Mobley. Inlow said he could always tell how a show was going by watching Mobley during the performance. If he raised his left arm to check his watch he knew he was bored.
“If he were here to see Dracula, I would hope he was being entertained and would never check his watch.”

To reserve tickets, go to the website: www.bainbridgelittletheatre.com, where you can choose the performance date and the seats you want. Then pay by credit or debit card.